According to the United States Census Bureau, as of the latest report available, there are 21.5 million veterans residing in the United States as of 2011. And while numbers of the Greatest Generation who served dwindle with each passing year, it remains crucial to continue to support the brave men and women in our military who serve and protect our freedoms. It’s also important to acknowledge those who’ve already done their part, particularly those who’ve had to go to foreign lands and returned with ailments physical and otherwise. In the Village of Garden City, the American Legion William Bradford Turner Post Number 265 and its Auxiliary continue to do a bang-up job hosting a solemn ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park on Seventh Street. The ritual, the respect and most important the remembrance are those small intangibles that make Veterans Day special and remind you that heroes are found in foxholes and fatigues and not on the silver screen.
- Dave Gil de Rubio
Special Thanks To The American Legion
Special thanks to the William Bradford Turner Post of the American Legion of Garden City for conducting the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Nov, 11. We appreciate all that they do to honor and remember those men and women who have served in our armed forces in support of our country. I would like to also thank the Boy Scouts for displaying the American flags along Seventh Street. It was so nice to see everyone on Monday to honor the veterans for their service to our country.
Please visit the village’s website www.gardencityny.net to view the Veteran’s Day activities.
To say the Garden City High School Girls Soccer team dominated throughout the post-season on its way to winning its second Nassau County Championship in four years would be an understatement. Four straight shutouts to complement an overall 14-3-1 record is what paved the way for the Lady Trojans to wind up in the winner’s circle. But then there was that pesky little manner of dispatching Rockville Centre in the finals.
Annual Leaf Removal Season
The Department of Public Works and Recreation and Parks began collecting leaves on Thursday, Oct. 31. Collections began in the Western Section and will continue toward the Eastern Section and then to the Central and Estates Sections. During the leaf collection season, the village’s web-site will be updated weekly to allow residents to track the collection process. The notice will be listed on the Home Page under “Notifications and Alerts”.
On Thursday, Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day, we will be preparing and delivering hot meals to homebound senior citizens, coordinating this program from our home. Last year we provided over 400 meals and we expect to be doing the same this year.
We are in need of donations of desserts, individual non-carbonated beverages, mini loaves of bread or dinner rolls, turkeys, and cash in order to complete the meals. These items can be dropped off at our home at 35 Maxwell Road, Garden City. Please call us as soon as possible to coordinate a convenient drop off time.
When it comes to homecoming and fall festivals, few do it as well as the Village of Garden City. This year’s events were particularly impressive. Never mind the fact that Garden City trounced Rockville Centre 42-7 in the day’s football game.
Under gorgeous weather that was seemingly special ordered, the usual array of Girl Scouts, marching bands, twirlers, kickline, cheerleaders and de rigeur homecoming king and queen was joined by the graduating class of 1963 come back to celebrate its 50th Anniversary. Also of note was an appearance by the Huddle Shuttle, the Super Bowl 2014 Host Committee-sponsored rolling caravan of NFL/championship memorabilia and interactive physical challenges. Making it all the more special was the fact that the village was only one of 48 cities—24 in New York and 24 in New Jersey—to be given this honor. It’s the kind of family-friendly event that’s a constant rule rather than an exception whenever you talk about Garden City.
- Dave Gil de Rubio
This year’s Fall Festival Street Fair and Homecoming Parade was a huge success. The village had one of the largest turnouts ever. It was very gratifying to see the children as well as the adults take part in and enjoy all of the activities.
I would like to thank everyone who had a part in planning the day, as I know this was a lot of work, but it was very much appreciated by those who attended. When you have the time, please visit the village’s website www.gardencityny.net to see photographs that were taken during the day.
Recently, Newsweek released its 2013 list of America’s Best High Schools. Surprisingly, Garden City High School found its rank slip from 107 in 2012 to 139 this year. I’d tell you what the schematics were in determining where the Trojans landed, but unfortunately the area on the web page that shows this is a dead link. Undoubtedly, the combination of the core curriculum and significantly more difficult standardized testing were some of the contributing factors, as it was for districts around New York State. The Garden City Union Free School District still managed to score high despite these obstacles, even if students didn’t score as high as they have in prior years. That said, the Garden City student body continues to rack up significant academic achievements that will carry them far in life and make them productive members of their generation.
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